Jan, who founded PJ Care in 2000, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Social Care prize at the Great British Care Awards last week.
PJ Care owns and manages two specialist neurological care homes in Milton Keynes and one in Peterborough. Its centres treat conditions including young-onset dementia, brain injury and progressive neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease
Jan was presented with the award at a gala celebration on Friday at the Peterborough Arena.
She won the East of England regional prize, after the judges praised her ‘outstanding passion and commitment’.
The judges said: “Working in care for over 25 years, Jan’s passion and commitment to the sector is truly outstanding. She has developed many care models over the years and as the founder of PJ Care she continues to drive continual improvement and development to ensure nothing but quality care shines through.”
Jan said: “It’s lovely to have your efforts recognised by people you know and respect in the sector where you work.
“I began as a registered nurse in the 1980s before moving into healthcare management and then starting up my own company specialising in the provision of neurological care.
“I do it because I love my work, and I am committed to providing excellent neurological care for people who need it.”
Jan has, over the past 13 years, led PJ Care’s growth from the development of its first service, Bluebirds – a neurological care centre in Milton Keynes – to include Mallard House Neurological Care Centre, also in Milton Keynes, and the £12 million Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough.
PJ Care now employs 450 staff and cares for 180 residents.
The idea to launch Bluebirds came after Jan saw young people with neurological conditions having to live in inappropriate care homes for the elderly.
“I felt younger people deserved a better quality to the end of their life and needed more dignity and respect,” said Jan.
“I have always been a passionate nurse. But at the same time I’ve been a frustrated nurse because I felt clinicians were not being listened to by managers.
“I thought I could change things for the better, so that’s why I joined the Department of Health. But I found I couldn’t change things.
“In the end, it was obvious that the only way I could really make a difference was to do it myself and set up my own care centres.”
Earlier this year Jan Flawn also won the First Women of Business Services Award, run by Real Business magazine and the CBI, the UK’s business lobbying organisation.